Australian extremist sued for murder in investigation into
the carnage in the Christchurch mosques is about to defend itself and somebody seems "rational," his lawyer said on Monday.
Brenton Tarrant was indicted Saturday for murder by the District Court of Christchurch during a brief appearance during which he made the hand of recognition of white supremacists. Attorney Richard Peters, who was assigned at the preliminary hearing, said the 28-year-old Australian had "indicated he does not want a lawyer."
No "mental handicap"
"He wants to defend himself alone in this investigation," said the lawyer, who felt that the issue of criminal liability did not arise in the case of Brenton Tarrant. "He has appeared as a rational person and does not suffer from a mental handicap. That's how he appeared. He seemed to understand what was happening, "said Richard Peters.
The attack on two mosques in Christchurch on Friday, which the suspect filmed and broadcast live on social networks, left 50 dead and dozens wounded.